spain 2012 Grand Prix of Aragon - Motorland Aragon - Preview - 25/09/2012

Date : 25/09/2012

Repsol Honda Team return to Spain for Aragon GP

The Repsol Honda Team travels to Alcañiz this weekend in preparation for the fourteenth round of the season and the third visit of the 2012 MotoGP World Championship to Spain.

Motorland Aragón welcomes the MotoGP family for the third consecutive year and has been a successful venue for the Repsol Honda Team in the past, with both Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa topping the podium in 2010 and 2011, two victories for the Australian rider and two second places for the Spaniard.

Dani Pedrosa, who will celebrate his 27th birthday on Saturday, arrives confident and ready to put the issues he had Misano behind him - the first race this season without points due to an incident on the first lap. Dani, currently second in the standings 38 points off Jorge Lorenzo, is in great form and the results of the test held at Aragón at the beginning of this month will give him high motivation. Dani set the fastest overall time in the two day test, with a best lap of 1'47.983, improving the current circuit record set by Casey Stoner (1'49.046 in 2011) by more than a second.

Aragón will be the second race for Jonathan Rea as substitute rider for Casey Stoner, who continues his rehabilitation in Australia. Fresh from Portimao, with a 6th and a 2nd place in the two races of the World Superbike Championship, the British rider is looking to make another step forward on the RC213V at a circuit where he also tested with the Repsol Honda Team.

DANI PEDROSA – World Championship Standing: 2nd with 232 points
"Aragón is a very good race and the circuit is impressive. We went there with the team for a two day test at the beginning of this month and we did a good job. Personally, I'm looking forward to seeing the Spanish crowd again, it would be great to see the circuit full of people like we had in the previous years. The bike is working well and I'm feeling good; we go there with the same determination as always and motivated to continue riding well and have another good race".
JONATHAN REA – World Championship Standing: 23rd with 8 points
"I am now in week four of my five back-to-back races including both SBK and MotoGP but I am still really excited about this coming race. Having tested in Aragon on the RC213V a couple of weeks ago I am feeling more confident coming to this race than I was in Misano. Hopefully I will be able to pick up where I left off after the test as I was really starting to bond with the bike. Aragon has a really long straight which suits the power of the Honda and I am really looking forward to working with the Repsol Honda guys again and building on the experience I have gained to date".

Championship standings
1 Jorge Lorenzo 270 pts SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
2 Dani Pedrosa 232 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Casey Stoner 186 pts AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Andrea Dovizioso 163 pts ITA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
5 Cal Crutchlow 122 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
6 Valentino Rossi 120 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
7 Alvaro Bautista 118 pts SPA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
8 Stefan Bradl 115 pts GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
9 Nicky Hayden 93 pts USA DUCATI Ducati Team
10 Ben Spies 77 pts USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
11 Hector Barbera 60 pts SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
12 Randy De Puniet 48 pts FRA ART Aspar Team MotoGP
13 Aleix Espargaro 45 pts ESP ART Aspar Team MotoGP
14 Yonny Hernandez 25 pts COL BQR-FTR BQR
15 Karel Abraham 25 pts CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
16 Michelle Pirro 24 pts ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
17 Colin Edwards 22 pts USA SUTER NGM Mobile Forward Racing
18 James Ellison 17 pts GBR ART Paul Bird Racing
19 Mattia Pasini 13 pts ITA ART Speed Master
20 Danillo Petrucci 11 pts ITA IODA Ioda Racing Project
21 Ivan Silva 11 pts SPA BQR-FTR BQR
22 Toni Elías 10 pts SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
23 Jonathan Rea 8 pts GBR HONDA Repsol Honda Team
24 Steve Rapp 2 pts USA N/A Attack Performance
25 David Salom 1 pt SPA BQR-FTR BQR
26 Franco Battaini 0 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
27 Chris Vermeulen 0 pts AUS SUTER NGM Mobile Forward Racing
28 Aaron Yates 0 pts USA N/A GP Tech

Circuit information
First race 2010
GPs held 2
Laps 23
Race distance 116.794km / 72.565miles
Track length 5.078km / 3.155miles
Track width 12-15m
Longest straight 0.968km / 0.601miles
Corners Left: 10, Right: 7
Pole position Right

Sepang International Circuit

Circuit records
Pole position 1m48.451s (168.562km/h) Casey Stoner (Honda, 2011)
Race lap 1m49.046s (167.643km/h) Casey Stoner (Honda, 2011)
Race time 42m16.530s (165.761km/h) Casey Stoner (Ducati, 2010)
MotoGP Wins 2 (Casey Stoner 2010, 2011)
2010 Winner Casey Stoner (Ducati)
2011 Winner Casey Stoner (Honda)
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